Jenn's Bookish Ramblings

Ramblings, some bookish, others not, of a book-obsessed mom of two! Visit my to learn more about me and my bookish tastes!
Hell is the absence of people you long for.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
No more internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken, plans to meet up later, pleas, complaints, desires, pictures of babies dressed as bears or peppers for Halloween. No more reading and commenting on the lives of others, and in doing so, feeling slightly less alone in the room. No more avatars.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

It was like Christmas today!!

Top picture: purchases from One More Page Books. I also bought a handful of books for the boys as Back to School gifts, but they absconded with them before i could photograph!

Middle left: ARCs from #BooktopiaAVL
Middle right: More ARCs and book purchases from #booktopiaAVL

Bottom: Titles for review consideration

Today I received my fourth Stitchfix. I ended up returning all the items from the last fix. I just couldn’t spend $68 on one blouse. Stitchfix heard my concerns and send me another fix for free, with more items within my budget. Overall, I’m very pleased with what they sent me:


When I peeked at what I was getting I was excited to see another chevron blouse. While I don’t love this as much as the other one (curse me for sending it back) it’s certainly different than anything I currently have. The second is a close up of the pattern so you can see all the colors.


I love love love this top! It came with a white tank to wear under it. This is definitely a keeper! You can dress it up or down. I can wear it with a pair of jeans or a pair of work pants & a cardigan.


Stitchfix really wants me to wear coral! I love me a cardigan, but I already have one in this color so this one is going back. I think they sent it along to wear with the the next item…


While I love the pattern, maxi skirts aren’t very flattering on my body type. This one’s going back.


I’m a sucker for jewelry. This is a really beautiful piece. The $42 price has me a little wary, but I may just go ahead and get it because I like it so much.

So, overall I’m happy with this fix. I do plan on scheduling another to arrive in six weeks or so. While I don’t need a personal shopper, I do like the idea of adding a few unique items to my wardrobe every once in a while!

Interested in joining? Use my referral link and I’ll get a credit!

Today, I received my third #stitchfix since rejoining (my 6th in total). As with each fix, they are getting closer and closer to my typical style. Following is a breakdown of what I received:

Boregard Wavy Chevron Front Pocket Blouse

I am a sucker for chevron prints. This one fit well and was very flattering. At $68, though, it’s kind of pushing how much I would pay for a blouse. I’m still contemplating this one.

Muriel Cowl Neck Sheath Dress

I loved this as soon as I saw it, but once I pulled it out of the box, I knew it wasn’t going to work for me. I’m big in the hips and this just wasn’t going to work. I felt better when I saw the price: $78. Sending this one back.

Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan

I love the way this one felt. I certainly don’t have anything like it. However, I noticed the zipper was wonky; it took quite a bit of effort to get it to zip despite the fact it fit me well. At $68, this one is going back, too.

Malin Bootcut Jean

Stitchfix really wants to see me in a pair of jeans! I own about two pair, mostly because I’m not really a blue jean kind of girl. Also, the legs are thin cut. Not going to work for me. At $98, I don’t regret sending these back.

Sofia Hammered Square Collar Necklace

I do love me some jewelry. This is more in my price range at $32. I’m going to try it on with a few tops to confirm, but it’s likely I’m going to keep this one!

If I keep the blouse and the necklace, minus the styling credit, my total comes to $80 even. Worth it for a blouse & necklace?

Overall, I’m still a huge fan of #Stitchfix. Interested in joining? Use my referral link and I’ll get a credit!

Well, no vampire ever knocked up a girl on Buffy. Not even Spike. And God knows he never practiced safe sex!
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

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Today I received my second #stitchfix after I rejoined. I must say, now that I’ve been using Pinterest to show outfits and styles I like, the fixes I’ve been receiving are spot on!

I received 5 items, including:


Gorgeous, right? I think this one is a keeper!


I love the color (hard to tell but it’s a nice, bright coral), but the style just isn’t flattering. Also, really don’t need another cardigan!


LOVED this dress on the hanger. The fit is great (I’m a big fan of fit & flare) but there’s just too much volume going on at the bottom once I put it on. My hips don’t lie…and adding more volume isn’t a good thing. So, I’m saying no to this one…even though it’s so so gorgeous on the hanger.


Stitchfix seems set on getting me into a pair of jeans! I really don’t wear them often, maybe in the fall or winter but definitely not this time of year. Also, it is extremely difficult to find jeans that I love do to my body type. It’s ok, they really aren’t my style anyway!


The scarf is gorgeous, it’s a nice cream color with fringe. Unfortunately, the last thing I need is another scarf!

Overall, a great job! I’m still contemplating whether i should keep the first top pictured. I absolutely love it, but it’s $78. It’s a pretty classic style that I think will last. Maybe a birthday gift to myself?

Bottom line: I think Stitchfix and I are going to be good friends :). I plan on scheduling a fix every month or so, just to get something fresh and new in my wardrobe. If you are contemplating signing up for Stitchfix, please use my referral link so I can get credit, ok!?

…walking had become an obstacle course, pedestrians inebriated on hand-held devices, jostling one another as they passed, glancing up dimly at the shared world, then back into the bottomless depths projected from shining glass.
on walking in NYC-The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman

Progress so far:

Currently reading: Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Books finished:The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe, The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe, Monument 14, Monument 14: Sky on Fire, Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts, Salt by Danielle Ellison, Panic by Lauren Oliver, Vacation by Matthew Costello

Pages read since last update: 309

Running total of pages read: 2390

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour

Running total of time spent reading: 10.5 hours

Snacks: None